|20/21 Baylor (3-0) vs. Charleston Southern (2-2)
Nov. 20, 2013 | 6 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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Baylor is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll, up five spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
Baylor and Oklahoma State are the nation's only schools with football, men's basketball and women's basketball ranked in the AP top 20 -- BU (No. 3 FB, No. 20 MBB, No. 9 WBB), OSU (No. 11 FB, No. 7 MBB, No. 20 WBB).
In each of Baylor's first three games, nine different BU players have played double-digit minutes.
Baylor's 8-game winning streak is the nation's 3rd-longest behind only Louisville (19) and East Carolina (9).
The 8-game streak is tied for the 8th-longest in BU history and one short of tying the 6th-longest.
Baylor is looking to start the season 4-0 for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Baylor's bench is averaging 34.3 points per game, and the four most-used reserves are combining to average 20.2 minutes per game. Royce O'Neale has played 28.0 minutes per game off the bench.
Baylor has won six straight games at the Ferrell Center, one shy of tying the 10th-longest streak in arena history.
Baylor is 61-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .836 winning percentage.
Wednesday is the first-ever meeting between Baylor and Charleston Southern. Baylor is 29-7 against first-time opponents during the Scott Drew era, including wins in 16 of its last 17 regular-season contests.
Baylor's game vs. CSU will air on FOX Sports Southwest as part of the Bears' third-tier TV package.
All 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised this season, including 18 games on the ESPN family of networks. The Charleston Southern game will be Baylor's 69th consecutive televised contest.
Baylor has won 24 of 25 and 45 of its last 47 games when leading at the half since 2011-12.
Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas).
BU has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
Baylor F Cory Jefferson and C Isaiah Austin were both named to the 6-player Preseason All-Big 12 team, marking the first time the Bears have had multiple players honored.
Baylor's four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks third nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
Baylor has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
Baylor was picked 3rd in the 2013-14 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
Baylor is one of only 10 schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last four seasons.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 147-69 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA; 2013 NIT) with five 20-win seasons.
Jefferson (USA) and Brady Heslip (Canada) played for their national teams in the 2013 World University Games.
Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 182nd win at Baylor, which would place him 19 back of the school record.
Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last six seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
Baylor's frontcourt is ranked No. 2 nationally by Lindy's and No. 6 by CBSSports.com.
Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program's first-ever national tournament championship.
Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 697 consecutive games.
Jefferson (72-23) is 8th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.758) in BU history.
Baylor has signed nine top-50 national recruits in the last seven years -- LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Deuce Bello (2011), Isaiah Austin (2012), Rico Gathers (2012) and Ish Wainright (2013).
Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 320th game at Baylor (181-138). His .567 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .681 winning percentage since 2007-08.
Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who is in his 11th season at Baylor in 2013-14, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes (16th season at UT).
Wednesday is the first-ever meeting between Baylor and Charleston Southern
Baylor is 3-0 all-time against Big South teams, with wins against Campbell, Liberty and Presbyterian.
BU has two games scheduled against first-time opponents this season, and they will be played consecutively, with the second game coming Nov. 25 against Chaminade at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
ONE OF FIVE RANKED IN FB, MBB AND WBB
Baylor is one of just five schools ranked in the AP Top 25 in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, joining Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Duke and Louisville.
The Bears are No. 3 in football, No. 20 in men's hoops and No. 9 in women's hoops.
BU and Oklahoma State (11; 7; 20) are the nation's only schools with all three sports ranked in the top 20.
NATION'S THIRD-LONGEST ACTIVE WINNING STREAK
Baylor's 8-game winning streak is the nation's third-longest active streak.
Baylor trails only 2013 NCAA champion Louisville (19) and 2013 CIT champion East Carolina (9).
The 8-game streak is the eighth-longest in program history, and with a win vs. CSU, the Bears would tie the sixth-longest streak in school history and would tie the second-longest streak of the Scott Drew era.
BU has won six straight at the Ferrell Center, and one more win would tie the 10th-longest streak in arena history.
A WIN WOULD ...
Mark the sixth time in the last seven years the Bears have started a season 4-0.
Be Scott Drew's 182nd career win as Baylor head coach -- 19 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
Improve Baylor's winning streak to nine straight, which would tie sixth-longest in program history and would also tie the second-longest of the Drew era, trailing only the 17-game streak to start the 2011-12 season.
Give Baylor a 7-game winning streak at the Ferrell Center, tying the 10th-longest in arena history.
Improve its record to 44-8 in the month of November in the Drew era, including 36-5 in the last seven seasons.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first two games, with all nine Bears playing double-digit minutes.
BU's bench is averaging 34.3 ppg, and the four most-used reserves combine to average 20.2 minutes per game.
Royce O'Neale (28.0 mpg) ranks second on the team in minutes played despite coming off the bench, while Brady Heslip (24.0 mpg) is fifth on the team in minutes.
Taurean Prince (16.3 mpg) and Rico Gathers (12.3 mpg) also average double-digit minutes as reserves.
FIRST TIME SUCCESS
Baylor faces two schools for the first time in 2013-14 -- Charleston Southern and Chaminade.
Baylor is 29-7 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era and has won 16 of its last 17 regular-season contests against first-time opponents.
Since 2007-08, Baylor is 23-3 against first-time opponents, including four postseason games (W vs. Georgetown, 2009 NIT; W vs. Saint Mary's, 2010 NCAA; L vs. Duke, 2010 NCAA; W vs. South Dakota State, 2012 NCAA).
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Baylor is 61-12 at home since 2009-10, recording an .836 winning percentage. The Bears won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13, and BU won 14 games at the Ferrell Center in 2011-12.
Baylor is 2-0 at home this season and has won six consecutive games at the Ferrell Center, which is one shy of tying the 10th-longest streak in arena history.
BAYLOR UP TO NO. 20 IN AP POLL
Baylor jumped three spots to No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 -- which is up five spots from BU's No. 25 preseason AP ranking. The Bears are ranked 21st in the coaches' poll, also up five from the preseason.
Baylor entered 2013-14 ranked 25th in the AP preseason poll, marking BU's fourth consecutive preseason ranking.
Baylor is the third-highest ranked Big 12 team in both polls, trailing only Kansas and Oklahoma State. The Bears were picked to finish third in the conference by the league's head coaches, behind KU and OSU.
Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last seven seasons - a total of 52 polls (including preseason).
Prior to the 2007-08 campaign, Baylor had only been ranked for three weeks in the program's first 101 seasons (one week in 1948-49, two weeks in 1968-69).
DREW CLIMBING CAREER WINS CHART
Scott Drew ranks second in Baylor history with 181 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 20 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201) for the all-time wins record.
Drew's .567 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
BU BLOCK PARTY
Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin are both in the top 10 in program history in blocks per game.
Austin is third with 1.87 blocks per game and Jefferson is seventh at 1.25.
Jefferson's 119 blocks are seventh-most in BU history, while Austin need 14 blocks to crack the top 10.
The Bears head to Maui for the 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational, where they'll open against Chaminade on Nov. 25.
Baylor will then face either Gonzaga or Dayton the following day, and BU will play one of four teams from the other half of the bracket (Arkansas, California, Minnesota or Syracuse) on Nov. 27.
All games in the Maui Invitational will be televised on ESPN networks. BU vs. Chaminade will be on ESPNU.